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East Coast Snowstorm Causing Travel Woes Nationwide

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LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — An unseasonable snowstorm blasting the East Coast was affecting travel nationwide.

The eastern storm, which has claimed at least three lives, dropped up to a foot of wet snow on parts of New York and Pennsylvania and has left nearly three million homes without electricity.

Ann Sterling reporting for CBS2 at 11 p.m. Saturday said the Nor’easter grounded or delayed hundreds of flights nationwide, including some at Los Angeles International Airport.

As of 7 a.m. Sunday, no destination-specific delays were being reported on the LAX Web site. Those heading East, however, are encouraged to check their flight status online.

Meantime, a labor dispute that prompted Australian-based Qantas Airways to ground its fleet Saturday has been brought to a halt following a ruling by an Australian tribunal.

The court voted to end the union strikes and resume flights.

The move to ground both domestic and international flights reportedly stranded tens of thousands of passengers over the weekend. It led to five flight cancellations at LAX on Saturday and six on Sunday.

If regulators provide their approval, the airline could resume a limited schedule of flights by midafternoon, said CEO Alan Joyce in a statement released. For the latest travel information, visit Qantas online.

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